Archive for September, 2009

Japanese cuisine in California

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The other day I eventually missed Japanese cuisine because I hadn’t eaten any Japanese food since I entered the United States on July 26. So when I fortunately got some help to go to the Japantown in San Jose last Saturday, I was happy to purchase some Japanese food and enjoy tofu cuisine in a restaurant there.

On the following day, I cooked rice and pacific sauries myself. They are typical Japanese autumnal fish called “sanma” in Japan. I was really astonished at the taste of the rice because it was exactly the same as the one in Japan. This is in part because of my Zojiruji rice cooker which I bought online after arriving here, but probably it depends greatly on the result of some breed improvement in Californian rice. My roommate and his friends were also pleased with my cooking. Here is a picture of the cooking:

I know that once my classes start on September 21, I will be so busy that I may not make much time to cook my own food. I, however, would like to continue to do so as far as possible because basically I like eating at home and believe that Japanese food is the secret of the longevity of Japanese people.

My life in Palo Alto

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I have lived in graduate housing on campus at Stanford University since the end of last month, and enjoyed the process of organizing my life here little by little. Usually I get up in the morning, and study English and computer science, and cook some simple dishes, and sometimes go to some stores around campus by bike. Of course, I have been doing a range of things besides these to settle in this place, and take care of some administrative things for the university, and prepare for my study and so on. Last night I enjoyed chatting with my family in Tokyo on Skype, and was amazed at their technology which offered high speech quality and little time difference in our speeches between California and Tokyo.

I recently noticed that some people around Stanford University are very active. While riding my bike on and off campus, I always see several people running or riding their bikes just for exercise. Stanford is teeming with natural treasures such as a lake, trees, birds and even squirrels, and has pedestrian-and-bike-friendly campus on top of that, so all those people probably find pleasure in their daily exercise. When I have more free time someday, I would like to enjoy exercise just like them.